Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hear My Cry, O God!


“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” Psalm 66:20

When I was 8 or 9 years old I went through a time of fear at night. Fear of things that I “saw”. I would have bad dreams about the persecution of Christians, and would wake up afraid and unable to sleep anymore. Many times I would cry…

But my dear father would hear me crying in the night and come to me. He would ask me what was wrong and when I told him I was afraid, he told me I need not fear, the LORD would protect me. He would then ask if I wanted him to pray with me. I always said “Yes.” When my father prayed, peace, reassurance and a calmness would fill my soul. I would then sleep soundly.

In the same way that I called upon my earthly father in my time of trouble, we should confidently cry unto our Heavenly Father. He has promised to hear our prayers. I know that He heard my dad’s prayers to comfort and dispel my fears, for the prayer was instantly gratified. I had/have faith in my earthly father to protect, care for and hear me when I call unto him. Do we, as God’s children, have the faith of a child in God?

I am so very thankful for my father for, not telling me, but showing me that I should call upon the Lord in the day of trouble. I am thankful that the Lord has promised to hear me. I am thankful that I can come boldly before His throne to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need, because I am covered in the righteousness of Jesus Christ!

Thank you heavenly Father for your mercy, and for the great gift you have given me in the form of my earthly father! Thank you Dad for all of your examples of faith and godliness! May the LORD be glorified and praised abundantly…

“… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

James 5:16b

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

He Died for me!


“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5

Today I was thinking about this verse in Isaiah, and remembering a practical & physical example and lesson that my parents gave to me and my brothers, exemplifying Christ’s advocating for us before the Righteous Judge. (Yes, another lesson for the 3 B’s :) )

It was about 11-12 years ago… I cannot now remember our transgression, but I do remember that we were found out, tried, guilty and sentenced to the rod. We were all in on whatever it was, so all three of us were going to be punished.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Romans 3:23

Then, just as we thought the first of us would be called up to “get it” dad told us that he was going to take our punishment. Our sin could not be dismissed, but he was willing to pay the penalty of it for us. Though he was guiltless in the sin, he was going to be wounded for it (remember the verse above?)

I think that was the first, and probably the only time, that my “heart was in my throat”. Before our punishment was administered upon him, dad explained how this was a figure of what the Lord Jesus Christ had already done for us. But His sacrifice of self was perfect and absolute. We were complete sinners. We were condemned to die. He was sinless. Perfectly sinless. Yet, he humbled Himself to the death of the cross, and was obedient to the Father even unto death. He couldn’t just ask the Lord the Just Judge, to overlook our sin, someone had to pay…

At first I didn’t think mom was really going to spank dad like we got spanked, but she did. And I believe that was one of the most affective punishments ever (for me anyway)! I would much rather have taken that spanking myself than see my dad get it when he had not done anything wrong, I had.

Of course this isn’t a perfect example, but it really cemented in my young mind the gravity of sin and joy of salvation. It helped me to understand the concept of intercession and mediator-ship. It made it easier for me to understand too what it feels like to have someone you love punished for another’s sins. We cannot justify ourselves. We cannot pay for our sins. Jesus Christ is the only Way, the only Truth and the only Life! It is only through Him that we can be with the Father! He has covered us in His righteousness! With His stripes we are healed!

He died for me!

Thank you once again dad and mom for a lesson that I pray had an affect on all three of us. We have SO much to be thankful for and we have so much to worship the Lord for. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

~Great Peace Have They That Love Thy Law~


“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

Colossians 3:15

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“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”

Psalm 34:14

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Psalm 119:165

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Horatio G. Spafford